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Dodgers trade rumors: LA has interest in Brewers’ Ryan Braun

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The Dodgers have discussed possibly acquiring Brewers’ star right fielder Ryan Braun, according to Nick Cafado of The Boston Globe.

In Cafado’s baseball notes, he writes that major league sources have told the Globe that the Dodgers and Brewers “have kept in touch on a potential Braun deal.” The 33-year-old Braun is in the second year of his five-year, $105 million contract with Milwaukee. He is making $20 million this season and in 2018.

Braun, a six-time All Star and the 2011 NL MVP, got back to being one of the best hitters in baseball last season by slashing .305/.365/.538 with 30 home runs and 91 RBI. Braun’s batting average, homers, RBI and OPS of .903 were the highest for him in a season since 2012, when he hit .319, had a career-high 41 homers, 112 RBI and a career-high .987 OPS.

Following that season, he played 61 games in 2013 before being suspended for the remainder of the season for PED use. After that, he had been putting up average numbers, but the Brewers still inked him in a deal that includes a mutual option for 2021.

Braun, who is only batting .212 but has three homers and six RBI this year, will still give the Dodgers a great boost if traded to them. The Dodgers’ outfield has been struggling so far this season, as the combination of right fielder Yasiel Puig, center fielder Joc Pederson and left fielder Andrew Toles had been “hitting just .238 through Thursday,” according to Cafado.